Complete the research and redesign fast and efficiently by not making many changes to the design of the website, but just simply adding a couple of features.
At the time of working on this case study, lots of people decided to leave Russia and take their pets with them. Traveling with pets is hard in general and not many airlines can fly into and from Russia in 2022, so pet owners were basically only left with Turkish Airlines.

I went through this process and it was frustrating, so it made me want to improve the website's UX design. The main goal was to focus on the users, make it simpler for them to be sure their beloved pets can go to the next destination with them.
Why Turkish Airlines?
The process was to take full ownership of the various roles involved in designing a product, define who the end-user is and its goals, then plan how the product would function via the user flows as well as conducting usability studies, after that wireframing and mock up phases and iterating on designs.
An intuitive website that people can use to book flights for themselves and their pets without contacting the airlines. Make it easy for users to prepare for their flight.
My role
Solo Project
UX UI designer
3 weeks
I conducted user and market research to understand the users I'm designing for and their needs. A primary user group identified through research was working adults that have animals that they cannot leave behind, mostly aged from 23 to 70 years old. From the secondary research I conducted I could see that people think highly of Turkish Airlines.
But there was also a lot of misunderstanding as well as frustration. People didn't really know how to get flights for their pets and some people spent hours in the office and some spent hours trying to get through the hotline.

This research basically proved Facebook comments that it is very hard to find useful information on the current website and even if you manage to find it, it is hard to read / find the info that you need.
I asked 2 people to go through the original website and see if they will be able to understand how to travel with the dog with Turkish Airlines.
User Research: summary
( I conducted this research in English and Russian languages but I will only upload my findings in English )
Screenshots taken on a few different Facebook groups.
Pain points
People do not know what flights are "pet-friendly", now they need to call the hotline, then book a ticket and then call again to confirm.

Working adults do not want to spend their free time to wait in queues or on the phone just to get their animals on the flight.

Some screens could have been changed. Navigation bar and everything else should be easy to understand by any user.

In some places the website seems to be hard to understand, Red color buttons appear to be "warning" for some users.
Visual design
The main pain point can be found in the summary above but I also found some other flaws.

I created multiple personas based on the users I interviewed and narrowed it down through out the design process. George was/is a face on Turkish Airlines' target user and visualizes various aspects of users' behavior and motivations.

Problem statement: George is a busy manager who needs a new, faster way of booking flights for himself and his pet because he doesn't have enough time to spend hours on the phone or standing in the lines.

Persona of Turkish Airlines user
User journey map
Actions users take now
Current steps
Current feelings
The goal was to compare the user experience of some other airlines' websites and to learn what features work best for travelers with pets.

Feedback from this audit
As Turkish Airlines is known as a great company to trust your pets to and it is not considered to be expensive, with an updated section on the website, company will have more clients because it will be easy for them to control all the information online.
Some opportunities for this website redo include:
● Show what flights have space for pets
● Reserve space for pets in cabin or in hold online
● Add a program for frequent flying pets
● Rethink the cost policy as other companies seem to charge much less ($200 at Etihad)
● Have pet travel success stories on the website for users to build trust
Competitive audit
To test the user experience of the actual design and this redesign, I conducted 3 rounds of usability studies with a few people that own pets and consider traveling with them. I asked them to perform a few predefined tasks on the current website, then on a high-fidelity prototype I created and then again after iterating.

Findings from the 1st usability study helped us understand the main problems of the Turkish Airlines website when it comes to traveling with pets.

The 2nd usability study results showed improvement as users felt much more confident when learning about Pet Travel and booking tickets, although there were some things that I still needed to iterate on ( in most cases people who travel with pets travel for a longer period of time so it is important for them to know how big/small their baggage can be).

The 3rd study seemed to work great.
Red is the information about the current website. Green is about the redesign.
Example of this usability study with one of the users.
  • Find the information about how to book a pet ticket
  • Find the information about what you need to prepare for the flight
  • Find out how much it is to travel with a 15 kg dog
  • Check how many kg you are allowed to take with
  • From the home screen, find flights that are available for pet travel, add a 15 kg dog to your flight
Usability study: findings
Round 1 findings (original website)
Users got lost in the information found on the website, they saw a lot of text and it was very hard to read.
Users had no idea how to go about booking a ticket for their pet, what dates were still available and how much it was.

Users didn't know how much baggage / carry on they could have, they needed to spend extra time to find out.

Based on feedback from 10 people + mentor feedback, I continually iterated my design over the span of 2 weeks - below are some ideas for the
  • Changed the main sentence to make it more inclusive;
  • Important information moved to the top;
  • Rounded corners - easier on the eyes for 8/10 people I tested;
  • Made texts more accessible by considering color contrasts;
  • Users can choose flights that still have space for pets from the home screen.

Additional Services Page
  • Original version is less convenient for users as it takes more time and adds more confusion because everything is on a few pages;
  • 6 different additional services and all on one page;
  • At the bottom users can see that their animal was confirmed - users feel calmer;
  • Buying tickets is stressful for 9/10 users I tested, which means any kind of reassurance makes them feel more at peace.
Selecting a flight
  • Users can briefly see what they will get if they book a ticket now;
  • Now you can check what the class stands for without searching for its meaning on another page;
  • You can see the date too = worrying less
  • Users now know how many kg they can take with
  • Users now see the difference between Economy and Business - might result in more sales for Business fligths

This redesign shows that animal owners feel much more at ease when it comes to booking a flight using this prototype. A lot of animals might be left behind and the problem of stray dogs is a big problem everywhere so if there is a detailed and at the same time easy way of explaining what and how to fly pets, people and animals will be happier.

One quote from a participant of the usability study:
"I love it how there is this reassurance that things will be alright with your pet on basically every page, traveling with a dog for the first time is very stressful so it is really what I need!"

Thank you for your time reviewing my work on the redesign of Turkish Airlines pet traveling version! If you'd like to see more or get in touch, my contact information is provided below.
Thank you!